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17th Paris-Roubaix 1912 (France)

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

Hometown Hero Peaks for Paris-Roubaix

A very talented field came to Chatou for the start of Paris-Roubaix 1912. Henri Pelissier (Fra), winner of the 1912 Milan-San Remo, was pitted against Gustave Garrigou (Fra) as the lead favorites. The race left Chatou at great speed, which caused several major crashes and numerous riders to abandon early in the race. An elite lead group began to form through the mining town of Carvin . The revelation of the group was a rider from Roubaix named Charles Crupelandt (Fra). Crupelandt led Garrigou as the pair entered the velodrome for the final laps. Crupelandt and Garrigou caught and lapped the 7th rider onto the track, Otave Lapize. The sprint was led out by Lapize, who was Garrigou's Alcyon teammate, with Crupelandt glued to his wheel in second. Crupelandt excelled in the final meters and held off Garrigou for the prestigious victory.

P-R April 7, 1912
266 Km, Chatou (west of Paris) to Roubaix (Rue Verte, Criox)

1. Charles CRUPELANDT (Fra) 8h30'52"

2. Gustave Garrigou (Fra)
3. Maurice Leturgie (Fra)
Starters: 110
Finishers: 70
Average Speed: 31.294 km/h

 

 

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